Ratification to John Arnott

Our sovereign lord, having consideration of the good, true and thankful service done to his majesty by John Arnott, burgess of Edinburgh, has, with advice of the estates of this present parliament, decreed, declared and ordained that the said John and his heirs shall peaceably possess and enjoy the town and lands of Wester Crichton, the lands of Thornydykes and Nether Hailes, with the whole lands and lordship of Colbrandspath,2 with annexes, connexes, parts, pendicles and pertinents thereof, and all other lands whatsoever, as well as kirklands as others lying within the town and Mains of Colbrandspath, according to the said John's rights and titles made to him of the same, whereof he has now presently the possession, likewise he has had these diverse years bygone by collection of the mails and duties thereof; and this notwithstanding of the restitution of any persons heretofore forfeited or yet by the forfeiture led or to be led and prosecuted presently or at any time hereafter against any of the superiors of the said lands, or by any other laws, constitutions, revocations, dissolutions or acts of parliament whatsoever whereby the said John or his ancestors' rights may be quarrelled or called in question, which our sovereign lord, with advice of his said three estates, holds here as expressed, and that this generality thereof shall be as sufficient as if every act, constitution, dissolution, forfeiture, restitution or revocation were herein expressed, and a special reservation and exception of the said John's right of the lands above-specified reserved and excepted thereto, discharging his majesty's treasurer, comptroller and advocate or any other having power or right of his majesty to quarrel, trouble or molest the said John or his heirs in the peaceable possessing and enjoying of the lands above-written and every part thereof for any cause bygone, whereof his highness, with advice foresaid, has declared and declares this present act to be a supplement of all faults as well as if provisions and remedies necessary were specially mentioned and expressed herein.

  1. NAS, PA2/15, f.56r.
  2. Now Cockburnspath in Berwickshire.